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A certified hidden gem.This book was like nothing I’ve read before. It is stunningly original, uproariously wild, profound and opens the door to an Africa that I have not encountered in literature before. It is impossible not to compare this novel to Things Fall Apart – also set in Nigeria, also about the White Man’s arrival in Africa – but the latter pales alarmingly in comparison with this one. After reading I Saw the Sky Catch Fire, Things Fall Apart seems to be mild and written with a Wester...
I was a little apprehensive when I started this book. It seemed to be all about women in Nigeria but it's written by a man. So perhaps I thought the voices would be coming through a distorted prism. And that may still be the case, but Obinkaram still manages to capture us with the rich tapestry he weaves.The story starts with recollections by Nne-nne, the protagonist Ajuzia's grandma. Most of these revolve around the Woman's War that happened under the colonial rule in Nigeria. Through these mem...
I really liked Part 1, but Aju was such an asshole in Part 2 that it made the book as a whole less enjoyable for me. Having a male protagonist seemed pointless; I would have rather seen the relationship between Nne-nne and Stella (or W'Orima). BUT the narrative of the Women's War was great and made me want to read more about it, and I liked how that part of the story kind of circled back around on itself. I would like to read other books narrated by Nne-nne, especially if Aju was not in them.
A beautifully written story about women in Africa. Loved it.
This book really became something very special to me after I had the good fortune to meet the author.One of the things I loved about this book was that it really came alive - it wasn't easy to read, but that was because it was, as he described it, "a style contrived to be almost an...anti-novel, if you will". This style of writing, which brought in a lot of very interesting techniques and integrated them incredibly well, surprised me. It stood alone. In other words, I was simply blown away by th...
This is not only one of the few novels that depicts the Igbo Women's War of 1929 in Nigeria, but it is narratively interesting with most of the story coming from memories of the first person narrator's grandmother. Bluntly dealing with a litany of women's pain (political, romantically, physical), this book would be interesting for a women literature class and is paced with enough humor and banter for pleasure reading, even though it draws from and depicts weighty topics. If you like female rebel...
Parts of this book were very interesting and I really enjoyed the ndom language and translations, but I kept finding myself checking how many pages left until I was finished which is not a great sign. Parts 1 & 2 of the book seemed really disjointed even though I know the author tried to relay what was going on five years later. Overall, very interesting and will make for a good book club discussion.
Don't be misguided by the synopsis of the story when you begin reading the book and get three quarters of the way into it waiting for story to take place of what the synopsis states. You will miss out on a beautiful piece of the book. Definately one I will read again. This book leaves you with a very fulfilling ending. I strongly recommend this read!
Nice look into African Culture. I enjoyed the storyteller type dialogue.
Just wasn't for me. I appreciated reading stories from a different culture but I never found myself invested in the characters or the stories really.
Excellent. The author is a Professor at West Chester University.